- It's all quite simple when you think about it. To both
government and business, death is a matter of economics. When a human body
is never found, regardless of what happened to it, the name and person
associated with that body is simply "missing" and is never officially
- In the same way, when a human body is "disposed"
of in some manner, it no longer exists. If it no longer exists, it is never
counted as a mortality. That body is simply "unaccounted for."
Unless a body is physically accounted for, it will never be listed as dead.
- Soon, it will be 30 years since the US Military pulled
out of Viet Nam. What has happened to all the MIA's? Thousands are still
officially Missing in Action. They are not dead nor killed in action...
they are missing and unaccounted for. Likewise, after all these years,
former Union leader Jimmy Hoffa is presumed dead, but he is offically "missing."
Someone most likely disposed of his body, but until it is found, he will
never be officially dead. There are still many "missing" from
the 9-11-01 World Trade Center disaster. They, too, are not officially
dead yet because their bodies have not been accounted for or found.
- You will soon hear from the myriad of "officials"
that thousands of those who were in the path of Hurricane Charley are still
"missing." This will consist of those few who are genuinely missing
and the many that have been disposed of in one way or another.
- Life insurance policies are not paid out on "missing
persons." There are no FEMA or other available funds for "missing
persons." All such people are "unaccounted for," so the
government still views them as "alive" but they are temporarily
(and more often permanently) "missing." Insurance companies will
cancel their Life Insurance Policies if the premiums are not paid, so rather
than having to pay out untold hundreds of $millions, they will keep the
premiums already paid to them and the policies will lapse. Poof... instant
profits. What a windfall this will be for all those profit insurance companies.
At the least, this will offset much of their property damage losses and
perhaps keep some insurance firms from going broke.
- Those thousands still missing from 1992's Hurricane Andrew
twelve years ago are not officially dead yet. They are all unaccounted
for and no bodies have been recovered, so they are still "missing."
- When you hear the future reports of the "missing"
from Hurricane Charley, just remember that nearly all of those people are
physically dead. This, America, is an accurate death count. Bodies and
body parts that are disposed of are not dead... they are officially "missing."
- Soldiers wear metal ID's called dog tags. When they are
killed in the field and the body cannot be recovered, an officer or NCO
will remove their dog tag and they will become officially dead. But civilians
don't wear dog tags. The elderly and migrant workers do not have to be
accounted for. Federal Medicare and State Medicaid coffers will be better
off since none of these "missing" persons will need those government
paid-for medical services in the future... or free schooling for their
children and grandchildren.
- When you take a good look at it all, Charley's low "official"
death toll is simply a matter of government economics. Disposing of the
elderly and poor migrant farm worker bodies is an economic windfall when
you consider the thousands of health, education, and welfare claims that
will no longer be a burden to the Federal and Florida State agencies. The
Medicare and Medicaid claims will drop off immediately in Southwest Florida.
Far less Food Stamps will be given out.
- The thousands who are unaccounted for and officially
"missing" from the destructive path of Charley are good economics
for government. The same was true of Hurricane Andrew. The pattern is well
established. Expect all disasters in the future to have low death counts
and high "missing" persons counts, regardless of how many people
were really killed or how many bodies were actually found.
- Michael Edward